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  • NY developer to invest $108 million in Puerto Rico
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 2:36 pm
    Puerto Rico's government on Thursday announced the construction of a $108 million real estate project as the island tries to emerge from a nearly decade-long economic slump with help from U.S. investors.
  • Good news on economy pushes stocks to record highs
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 2:25 pm
    More encouraging economic news and friendly signals from the Federal Reserve cheered investors on Thursday, as the stock market climbed to another record high.
  • Vote counting begins in Scotland on independence
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 2:19 pm
    Excitement vied with apprehension as Scottish voters went to the polls Thursday in a referendum on independence, deciding whether to dissolve a 307-year union with England that brought prosperity but has increasingly felt stifling to many Scots.
  • UN calls Ebola a threat to international peace
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 2:07 pm
    The U.N. Security Council called the Ebola outbreak in Africa "a threat to international peace and security" Thursday and urged the world to provide health experts, field hospitals and medical supplies to combat the rapidly accelerating and deadly virus.
  • AP PHOTOS: Hurricane Odile's devastation in Mexico
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 2:01 pm
    A highway bridge dangles into a raging river. The collapsed roof of an auto dealership lies on a half dozen cars. Inside a looted Wal-Mart superstore, there's nothing but puddles, trash and empty shelves.
  • Spending bill leaves out immigration courts
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 2:01 pm
    Congress' must-pass budget bill ignores the Obama administration's request to accelerate spending on immigration courts to handle the flood of unaccompanied minors at the border -- even as it boosts spending flexibility for Border Patrol agents and detention centers.
  • NOAA: Yet more global heat records fall in August
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 1:48 pm
    The globe smashed more heat records last month, including Earth's hottest August and summer, federal meteorologists said Thursday.
  • Sierra Leone to shut down for 3 days to slow Ebola
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 1:44 pm
    Shoppers in Sierra Leone rushed to stock up on food Thursday ahead of a three-day nationwide shutdown, during which the country's 6 million people will be confined to their homes while volunteers search house-to-house for Ebola victims in hiding and hand out soap in a desperate bid to slow the accelerating outbreak.
  • Militant gains illustrate plight of Syrian Kurds
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 1:43 pm
    Islamic State militiamen backed by tanks defiantly advanced Thursday in Syria, capturing more than 20 Kurdish villages as the international community strains to assemble a coalition that might destroy them.
  • Rob Ford releases audio statement from hospital
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 1:38 pm
    Just hours before he begins aggressive chemotherapy for a rare and difficult-to-beat cancer, a rough-sounding Toronto Mayor Rob Ford released an audio statement from his hospital room on Thursday urging people to vote for his brother for mayor.
  • Ukraine's pleas for lethal aid from US go unmet
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 1:36 pm
    In a show of solidarity with Ukraine, President Barack Obama welcomed the new leader of the embattled former Soviet republic to the White House Thursday, but he stopped short of fulfilling his visitor's urgent request for lethal aid to fight Russian-backed separatists.
  • US: Syrian rebel training may take 12 months
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 1:30 pm
    Moderate Syrian rebels, once they are made battle-ready by a U.S.-led coalition, may be asked to help restore the border between Syria and Iraq that Islamic State group militants have effectively wiped out, the top American military official said Thursday.
  • Senate ready to support Obama on rebel aid
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 1:25 pm
    Eager to adjourn for midterm elections, the Senate steamed toward final congressional approval Thursday of President Barack Obama's request to train Syrian rebels for a war against Islamic state militants in the Middle East.
  • French president quizzed over domestic failures
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 1:03 pm
    French President Francois Hollande sought Thursday to stake out a forceful position on international affairs, even as his failures on the domestic stage continue to mount.
  • Series of attacks kills at least 36 in Iraq
    Associated Press | September 18, 2014 12:54 pm
    A series of bomb and mortar shell attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 36 people, Iraqi officials said Thursday, in an assault that underscored the threat posed to the Iraqi capital by marauding Islamic militants that have seized large parts of country.
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